In a hard-fought massive finish, Cuban Arlenis Sierra, representing the Movistar club, ranked fourth in the 2023 Alfredo Binda Trophy, in Italy, corresponding to the International Cycling Union (UCI) Women’s World Tour.
Sierra entered a small batch of ten runners who sprinted just 23 seconds after crossing the finish line, victorious from the Dutch Shirin Van Anroou (Trek–Segafredo) with a time of 3:39:32 hours over the 139-kilometre route.
Behind the heroine of the day, the Italians Elsa Balsamo (Trek-Segafredo) and Vittoria Guazzini (FDJ-SUEZ), Arlenis, and two others from the host country Soraya Paladín (CANYON//SRAM Racing) and Silvia Pérsico ( UAE-ADQ).
With this result, the Antilles Sierra was close to recalling her best performance in this race in 2017 when she was second and also obtained no less than 220 points for the world ranking, according to the results table of the International Cycling Union.
According to several digital sites that reviewed the race, the day can be characterized as nervous, without a meter of rest, of constant attacks and counterattacks. All looking for winning moves early on, although no escape could materialize.
The 139 rugged kilometers were completed by 72 contestants, while some 50 failed to finish. For the formation of the Movistar Team, led this time by Sierra, the Colombian Paula Patiño, the Norwegian Katrine Aalerud and the Spanish Sara Martín and Lourdes Oyarbide also competed.
Another World Tour classic, the 163.1 km Brugge-De Panne on March 23 in Belgium, will be the next fight for the Cuban team.
Source: Cycling World Magazine, Jit and Cuban News Agency